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Food Network Star: Interview With Eliminated Chef Jyll Everman

July 25, 2011 01:05 PM by Megan Thompson

After this week’s Rachel Ray show challenge the judges decided it was time for Jyll Everman to be eliminated from Food Network Star. Keep reading to find out what Jyll has to say about her time spent at Food Network . Plus, hear about her favorite cupcake moment that wasn’t seen on last night’s episode!

You had several memorable moments on this season – Penny fights, Wolfgang teaching you how to make risotto. How did you handle them with such dignity and grace?

It’s all about perspective.  I’m one of those people that really believe that if something is challenging you and pushing you to be someone you aren’t – you need to step back, learn from it and grow from it.  You have to try to find the positive in it if you can.   

If someone was considering going on the Food Network Star what would you tell them?

I would tell them they have NO idea what they are in for!  When you go into it all you are thinking about is the competition aspect of it.  You are not thinking abou, what’s it going to be like if I can’t call my family?  Or I don’t get to sleep!  It’s a grueling scheduling.  I would tell them you need to go in strong and believing in what you do!

How has appearing on the show helped your business, Delicious Bites?

Just recently, my business has started to boom! I didn’t go on this show to be famous; I didn’t go on this show to be rich. I went on this show because my husband and I work so hard every day in an attempt to make our mortgage payment. The economy has really hit us.  I went on this show to try to make a better life for us.  Now that I’m getting catering business coming in, I have won. 

Do you feel you your personality came off as “not real” like the judges thought it might have?

I feel that being a mid-westerner, and I am a happy, bubbly, smiley cheerleader type. Love me or hate me, that’s just who I am.  With all the criticism that I’m unauthentic; so many of my friends and family were confused by that.  Because that is who I am!  It was hard to watch.  The judges liked to tell me how funny I was, but none of that made the show!  

What was your favorite memory of the show and why?

My favorite memory was not shown!  When I got to meet Ina Garten, who is just my idol, I cried too!  Whitney was not the only one; all of us girls were balling.  I won the cupcake challenge! She told me how wonderful my cupcake was.  It was redemption from Wolfgang Puck and it never made it on screen. 

Is there anything you would change about your experience on the show?

I wouldn’t have relied on people around me so much.  I would ask people, “what do think about this seasoning?”  I should have just gone with my gut instinct, because every time I didn’t it didn’t work out for me. 

What’s next for you?

I have a cookbook coming out this spring. It’s going to be all bites, finger foods.  I had so much fun in front of the camera.  I was in the top six out of the eight camera challenge and I won three of them.  I’m hoping something is out there whether it’s Food Network or something local. 

We look forward to your cookbook Jyll and we hope your business, Delicious Bites, continues to boom! 

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